Specialist Physiotherapy and Massage Therapy

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)


MLD is a highly specialised form of massage, which uses light, rhythmical, very precise hand movements, pressures and sequences. The therapist must have an intimate knowledge of the workings of the anatomy of the lymphatic system. The massage works at a skin level to influence the direction and speed of lymphatic flow.

The lymphatic system integrates with other bodily systems. As well as playing a major part in immunity, it facilitates waste removal and assists with bringing nutrients and oxygen to cells.


A treatment commences at the neck and the next parts of the sequence will depend entirely on why MLD is being performed and the particular needs of the individual. The lymphatic system also relies on the movement of muscles in the surrounding area to activate the collection of lymph from surrounding tissues.


The Benefits of MLD


  • ​Relaxation

  • Pain Relief

  • Promotes the healing of fractures, torn ligaments and sprains

  • May strengthen the immune system as part of “detox” treatment.

  • Relieves fluid congestion: swollen ankles, tired puffy eyes and swollen legs due to pregnancy.

  • Assists in conditions arising from venous insufficiency.

  • Promotes the healing of wounds and burns and improves the appearance of old scars.

  • Minimises or reduces stretch marks.

  • Aids sleep

  • used for the reduction of cellulite and aids weight loss

  • Post plastic or cosmetic surgery to reduce pain, bruising and swelling

  • Post operative to reduce inflammation, bruising and prevent scarring

  • Post traumatic events to reduce swelling, pain, bruising and inflammation

  • The prevention, treatment and control of lymphoedema

  • The treatment of lipoedema and phleboedema


MLD and Chronic Conditions


Many people have reported relief in their symptoms in the following Chronic Conditions with the use of MLD:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Scleroderma

  • Acne and other skin conditions

  • Pain reducing effect in joint swelling, muscular pain, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis

  • Reduction and control of migraines and chronic headaches

  • Fluid retention - swollen feet and ankles (inc sprained ankles), puffy eyes or face

  • Respiratory conditions such as chronic sinusitis, nasal congestion, catarrh

  • Immune conditions such as recurring colds & flues, recurring inflammation & infections, allergies, auto-immune disorders

  • Digestive conditions such as chronic constipation, flatulence, bloating, Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Stress

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  • Lethargy


​​References: MLD UK & Positive Health Online